Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Run, rest and Addison's Disease

Too much snow!

Hey all,  today's post is a combo of pictures from yesterday's run and a discussion about rest and Addison's disease.  My newly diagnosed friend Sue spurred this one!  

I think people might have the wrong idea about me.  They think I go and go and go.  Well, that's a big NO!  I don't go and go and go.  I go and rest, go and rest.  Perhaps people without Addison's disease can go like the Energizer Bunny I sure can't.  When I do, I get sick, fatigued and or lathargic (like when I worked the ultra stage races this summer).  Doing too much literally makes me sick.

MY OPINION ONLY:  With Addison's disease, I feel like I've only got so much energy to expend.  See the Spoon Theory for an excellent analogy for expendable energy.  My cortisol is completely regulated manually so if I'm tired, I never know, Should I up my HC or is this "normal tired"?  Very often, I try to fit in my running and being tired without upping my HC for being tired.  If I'm exhausted, I'll either go to bed or do work on the computer (if my brain can function).  Our bodies need to repair themselves and they do that when we sleep.  Sleep is so important!

If you've been sick for years and get diagnosed with a disease, you can't expect your body to bounce right back.  Maybe it will but for many of us, years of being undiagnosed and missing vital hormones takes a toll on our bodies.  If you try to do too much too fast on a body that's been ravaged by disease, you're asking for trouble.  Your asking to get sick, pull a muscle, get pneumonia or just be fatigued so that you can't do anything for weeks.  LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.  If it says it's tired, rest, relax, sleep.  

One of my coping mechanisms is to tell people that I can't always be counted on.  I do a lot of volunteer work and I often say "No" to new requests.  Sometimes I call and say I can't come in if I have too much going on.  I cut down my volunteer time if I'm too tired.

Another thing I do is not socialize unless people can be flexible enough to join me on my terms.  This usually means predawn or daylight hours.  As soon as the sun sets, forget it.  I'm too tired!  Around the winter solstice, I'm pathetic, 5pm I'm ready to go to bed!

PLEASE BE NICE TO YOUR BODY SO IT WILL BE NICE TO YOU!  Feed it well and consistently, take your meds consistently, sleep regularly.  Here's a post that might be helpful:  


The Grand Teton (13,000+ feet in elevation) sticking up in the background.  I don't know what this thing is but it's lound and men get paid to stand around in overalls and watch it work.

Monster teeth sticking out of the snow

Only in Idaho would you have this!

A treasure?

Ice fishing.  Ick.

I like this sign

I tried not to stop on the road where snow slides could occur!

Luckily, the road was still open and i didn't have to turn back

Beautiful sunset.  I love the elk weather vein on top of the barn.  If you look in the shadows on the right hand side of the barn, you can see some horses and mules.

My run on Saturday was good.  24 miles and 2,500 feet of vertical elevation gain.  Unfortunately, It was all on the side of the highway.  Even more unfortunate, I didn't find one penny!  I intentionally routed the parts of my run through town through parking lots and past bars.  No money!!  Today I'll do another long run but probably on the treadmill.  I'm sore from all the downhill of yesterday.  


Pip said...

Great post Dusty! I guess I'm lucky in that, although I might get a little lethargic occasionally (as in before yesterday's run) I don't ever really completely crash. I am generally fairly disciplined however with making sure I get enough sleep. It is the sleep that seems to make the biggest difference as to whether I can continue to get the training done.

Before diagnosis I always felt weakest in the morning and improved as the day went on. I remember that my husband took me out to a nightclub one night and at 2am I was walking down the street feeling the most normal I had in ages. Now, provided I keep taking the Hydrocortisone each day, I'm good with mornings. Odd!

Thanks for the gorgeous and amusing photos. I realised that it was one of my other blog regulars who'd commented about my photos of my runs, not you. Your photos are far more spectacular than mine, and I admire anyone who runs in snow of any depth.

Anonymous said...

I liked this post, too! People always comment about my energy level because of the marathons and my job, but these people did not know me pre-Addison's. I used to work out 8 hours a day. I ran in college on the varsity team, and I was a pretty good triathlete through my 20's. I pace myself all of the time. I need so much down time. I also am great in the mornings, but I am spent by 8-8:30 at night.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the comments! Anonymous, are you Linda?